National Domestic Workers Alliance
The National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA) is the nation’s leading voice for dignity and fairness for the millions of domestic workers in the United States, most of whom are women.
Founded in 2007, NDWA works for the respect, recognition, and inclusion in labor protections for domestic workers. The national alliance is powered by 42 affiliate organizations—plus our first local chapter in Atlanta—with over 10,000 nannies, housekeepers, and caregivers for the elderly in 26 cities and 18 states.
NDWA organizes domestic workers, employers, and supporters to win improved working conditions while building a powerful movement rooted in the human rights and dignity of domestic workers, immigrants, women, and their families.
New Campaign Campaigns
Support Basic Labor Protections for Domestic Workers in Illinois!I met domestic worker Myrla Baldonado three years ago when I first began working with the National Domestic Workers Alliance. From the beginning, I was struck by how calm and caring she was to me, and to everyone she met. Those are the qualities that have made her such a skilled and sought-after domestic worker. Because of her skill, Myrla has cared for more than 30 families over the years. There are thousands of domestic workers like Myrla in Illinois. Many of them are paid below the minimum wage. Many others experience harassment and discrimination at work, but they have no recourse. Domestic workers in Illinois have no right to a day off or protection from discrimination and harassment at work. Domestic care workers like Myrla have no right to earn minimum wage or overtime pay. At many of her jobs, Myrla was expected to work from 6:00 in the morning until 9:00 at night. That’s 16 hours without a break to rest or sleep. As a result, she often worked 90 hours a week. Some weeks, she has had to work 112 hours. Despite her hard work and dedication, she was rarely paid for all the hours she worked. She would often take home just $4.94 an hour, well-below minimum wage and not nearly enough money to provide for her basic needs or the needs of her four children. I know that we can do better for Myrla and the tens of thousands of other domestic workers in Illinois. That’s why I support the domestic workers organizing to pass a Domestic Workers Bill of Rights in Illinois. The Illinois Domestic Workers Bill of Rights would guarantee one day off a week for domestic workers. It would guarantee domestic workers the right to be paid for all the hours they work and to earn minimum wage for those hours. And it would provide protections against harassment and discrimination at work for domestic workers. In the past four years, domestic workers have won Bill of Rights legislation in four states: New York, California, Hawaii and Massachusetts. Now it’s Illinois’ turn to protect domestic workers! Together, we can ensure that domestic workers like Myrla have access to basic workplace protections in Illinois. Thank you for standing up Myrla and the Illinois Domestic Workers Bill of Rights!883 of 1,000 SignaturesCreated by Bekah Mandell
Support the Connecticut Domestic Workers Bill of Rights!My name is Bekah and I work with domestic workers around the country to help win rights and recognition at work. There are more than 40,000 domestic workers in the State of Connecticut. Domestic workers care for our homes and children and support the independence of seniors and people with disabilities. Domestic workers make it possible for thousands of Connecticut families to get to work and school every day. Yet this vital workforce lacks access to some of the basic labor protections that other workers enjoy including protection from harassment and discrimination on the job. That’s why domestic workers in Connecticut are are organizing to pass a Domestic Workers Bill of Rights this year. Thanks to the testimony of domestic workers and employers, the Bill has passed out of the Assembly Labor Committee and is now headed to the Senate. The Connecticut Domestic Workers Bill of Rights will give domestic workers the right to be free from sexual harassment at work and establish clear written expectations about hours and wages. This Bill is the first step to ensure that the more than 40,000 women who make all other work possible across our state receive the protections that they deserve. In the past four years, domestic workers have won Bill of Rights legislation in four states: New York, California, Hawaii and Massachusetts. Now it’s Connecticut’s turn to protect domestic workers! Together, we can ensure that domestic workers in Connecticut have access to basic workplace protections. Thank you for standing up for the women who make all other work possible!1,497 of 2,000 SignaturesCreated by Bekah Mandell